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5 Property Line Landscaping Ideas

Do you want to boost your home’s curb appeal? Mark clear property boundaries? Add more plants to your landscape, or enhance your home’s privacy? The answer is property line landscaping!

When it comes to landscaping property lines, there are numerous ways to outline where your home starts and stops. They also make your yard and home look awesome! All it requires is planning, planting, defining, and gardening. With a little effort, your home will become a well-defined and aesthetically pleasing space to behold for any passing by.

Not sure how to improve upon your home’s landscape? Take a look at these five property line landscaping ideas for inspiration!

1 – Use Shrubs to Build a Hedge

House with front property line defined with hedges
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If you want privacy and definition for your property, make a hedge of greenery! Doing this is a great way to separate your yard from others and build a natural wall using shrubs.

Shrubs grow to various heights and add color to your space. They also act as shields for other plants nearby, protecting them from poor weather conditions. And, if you’re a fan of promoting local wildlife, shrubs provide shelter and food for animals, too!

For shrubs that will look nice all year long, elect evergreen varieties. These include shrubs like junipers, boxwood, and American holly, to name a few. Consider your climate and hardiness zone before planting your shrubs to ensure they survive.

With this method, you could explore topiary designs!

2 – Plant a Tree Wall

Tree wall lining acreage driveway
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For those with larger yards or acreage, consider tree walls, which cover more distance with fewer plants. Though trees take time to grow to their full potential, they are long-standing living fences.

The key to selecting the best trees for your yard is to know what varieties meet your requirements. You must consider the space you have available to grow. Is there enough room for your trees to branch outwards? How tall do you want them? Do you prefer full evergreens to provide privacy year-round? Or is a tree that’s full in only spring and summer enough?

To build a tree wall for wide open spaces, bigger varieties like firs or pines are an excellent choice. These trees grow wide and tall and fill those spaces, providing your home more privacy.

For those who want large trees but want to reap more benefits from them, fruit trees offer privacy and food! If, on the other hand, you seek smaller trees for smaller yards, plant varieties like American arborvitae or emerald arborvitae, or dwarfed fruit trees.

3 – Make a Rock Wall Garden

Dry Stone Wall and Colorful Garden
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If you want something solid to identify where your property is, rocks are the answer! There are rocks of all shapes, sizes, and colors available. Arrange them in sturdy patterns to create an eye-catching display, or stack them as high as you desire!

If you still want greenery along your property lines, seek out rock-loving plants. These hardy plants love well-draining soil/sand, require full sun, and are happy to live their days among the stones. Smaller plants like hens and chicks grow and spread happily within rock crevasses and sandy soil. Other plant options include alpine plants, succulents, sedum, alyssum, and even lavender and catmint!

If your rock wall is straight up and down with no crevasses for plant growth, seek out climbing vine varieties. These include perennial plants like climbing hydrangeas, cross vine, clematis, etc. Keep in mind that many of these climbing plants grow quickly and vigorously. Provide them with the proper care and attention for the best results.

4 – Grow Your Favorite Grasses

ornamental grasses in a xeriscape garden, Karl Foerster Grass, Pennisetum, shrubs
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Don’t have a large yard? No problem! For smaller yards, it’s still possible to identify property lines while adding beauty to borders. The solution is grass! Grasses come in various colors and heights and are good for creating definition. Grass also adds texture and movement to the landscape (just watch it sway in the breeze!).

When selecting grasses to grow along your yard, many gardeners choose ornamental grasses that are easy to control, as many grass varieties are invasive and spread quickly, taking over your yard and becoming a hassle. Some ornamental grasses that are easy to manage include fountain grass, feather reed grass, blue oat grass, or muhly grass.

5 – Use Trellises

close up image of blooming vines wrapping around a trellis
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Trellises are a fantastic option if you want something tall, solid, and forever-standing to define your property line. Using this landscaping technique, you not only get immediate privacy, but you also have the opportunity for growth!

Trellises work wonderfully for any plant that loves to climb. Want something quick climbing and floral? Search for vining blooming plants like clematis, climbing honeysuckle, cardinal climber vine, and others that thrive in your climate.

Select vining plants like butternut squash, pole beans, or even grapes if you prefer to use the space to grow something for self-sufficiency. These fruiting plants fill your trellises while providing delicious food for your kitchen! 

Time to Get ‘Scaping!

Do you prefer looming trees, quaint shrubbery, climbing vegetables, or simplistic grasses? Whatever your preference, all will define your property line beautifully. Seek out plants that grow best in your area, and set them up to enhance the look of your space. With some love and care, these natural lines will become permanent living structures in and around your yard!

Have you landscaped your own property lines? Have you seen someone do it flawlessly? Comment below with your favorite property line landscaping ideas!